Vice President David Mabuza urged communities in Maluti-A-Phofung District Municipality to play their role and pay for municipal services.
He told the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in a response to oral questions that the current administration can no longer blame apartheid land use planning for its failures. He says there are a lot of people who work for the municipality as well as the provincial and national government – but don’t pay for the services.
âAll of these people are supposed to contribute. They are supposed to pay for the services. Because these people are employed. Not all people can behave as if they are destitute, they do not want to pay for the services they consume. Well the complaint is that they are not billed correctly. As much as you are not billed correctly, so much you consume. Pay what you think you have consumed and then you can query the rest, âexplains Mabuza.
Mabuza promises solutions to the water and electricity crisis in the municipality of Maluti-A-Phofung:
Mabuza says government interventions in the municipality have so far not yielded results. He says the municipality’s main problem is the lack of leadership and the lack of consultation with residents.
The vice president says that a major issue that needs urgent attention is the payment of the debt owed by the municipality to Eskom.
He says the process is underway to allow Eskom to collect revenue for the municipality as requested by the courts earlier this month.
Mabuza says the government is on the ground in the municipality to try to help it overcome its problems.
âIt’s one thing to put in an intervention that doesn’t waste people. You put in an intervention that does not bring electricity to people. Day after day we drag ourselves to court and that does not solve the problem. I can assure the people of MAP that they will have electricity but that they have to pay for the electricity. They will have water but they have to pay for the water, âsays Mabuza.
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